Recruit Wanted To Suit Up For Tigers To Beat Dawgs

One of Auburn's official visitors over the weekend is excited about what he saw with the Auburn football program.

Coffeyville, Kan.--Pledging to the Auburn Tigers in October after originally signing with Coach Tommy Tuberville's staff out of Napoleonville, Louisiana's Assumption High two seasons ago, top-ranked junior college running back Brandon Jacobs is currently the talk of the juco football world.

The 6-5, 257-pound tailback has rushed for 1,685 yards and 19 touchdowns this season with one game remaining, the Dalton Defender Bowl, which will be played in Coffeyville.

Even though he committed to the Tigers in October, Jacobs took an official visit to Auburn this weekend for the Georgia game along with current teammate Tony McClain to check things out. Watching as the Tigers fell to the Bulldogs in front of a rowdy and packed home crowd, Jacobs says that things were almost perfect for the visit.

Brandon Jacobs

"It could have gone better as far as the game, but everything else was great," Jacobs tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The players treated me good, the coaches did, it was just what I was looking for. Everything went fine; we just had to win that game. It was a tough one to lose. A loss is a loss, but that was a tough one. We're going to rebound from it against Bama."

Watching as the Tigers failed to get a first down in the final minutes when one would have sealed a win, Jacobs says that he wanted nothing more than to get on the field. With starting tailback Ronnie Brown limping and fullback Brandon Johnson out with a sprained ankle, he believes he could have made a difference if he was already in orange and blue.

"I wish I could have been in the game," Jacobs notes. "I felt if I would have been in the game I could have taken over. With it 21-17 and two minutes left to go I could have taken that game over by keeping the ball the rest of the fourth quarter."

The Louisiana Class 4A Offensive MVP two years ago when he rambled for a state-best 3,032 yards in 2000 while averaging 215 yards per game and totaling 35 touchdowns, Jacobs was a highly-sought prospect despite grade problems. Failing to qualify after signing with Auburn, he headed to Coffeyville and has been on track to get back on the Plains ever since. He ran for 927 yards and 13 touchdowns last season as a freshman.

"It's truly football," Jacobs says of the Auburn experience. "Everything there is football. I visited with several people in academics and that's a real big key for me as well, things are going to be really good in that department. The football game was perfect. We packed the house and that's just what I was looking for. That's what I want to run and get yards and score a touchdown in, an atmosphere just like that one."

Following the season-ending bowl game, Jacobs says that he's just looking to finish strong in the classroom and get to Auburn. With the Tigers headed to a bowl game somewhere this postseason, Jacobs says that he's looking forward to taking part in some practices beforehand to get a head start on spring practice.

"School finishes here on the 13th and I'm hoping to finish with some real solid grades," Jacobs says. "Hopefully, I can leave here on the 13th and start bowl practice there on the 14th. That would be a real good thing for me. It would be real big on what I'm trying to do. I need to get that work to get in the regular offense."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Jacobs says that he feels McClain will wind up at Auburn with him, although he wouldn't say for sure. Auburn was expecting a visit from defensive end Stanley McClover as well this weekend, but mechanical problems with the plane wouldn't allow his visit. He's rescheduled for sometime in January.

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